Combining Conventional Care with Complementary Strategies

Introduction

Battling cancer is a multifaceted journey that often extends beyond traditional medical treatments. While the pillars of cancer therapy – surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation – are critical, many individuals seek additional avenues to fortify their fight against this complex disease. It’s important to approach these supplementary strategies discerningly, as their scientific validity and relevance to each unique case can vary significantly. This guide is designed to empower you with a comprehensive approach, blending conventional and alternative cancer treatments to create a personalized and informed treatment plan.

Step 1: Foundation in Conventional Oncology

Your cancer treatment should be firmly rooted in conventional oncology. Opt for care at esteemed centers of excellence, where you can access state-of-the-art treatments and a team of specialists dedicated to your health.

Step 2: Broaden Your Treatment Options with a Remote Consultation

Consider augmenting your treatment plan with a remote consultation (consult with me). These virtual sessions can offer valuable insights into:

  • Advanced radiation oncology techniques
  • Functional medicine approaches
  • Integrative oncology strategies
  • Supplement and off-label drug education
  • Overall health optimization methods

Step 3: Empower Yourself Through Education

Knowledge is a powerful tool in your cancer journey. I recommend my two books for a deeper understanding of comprehensive cancer care strategies:

  • “Empowered Against Cancer: Science-Based Strategies To Optimize Your Treatments And Thrive – A Practical Guide”
  • “Optimizing Health & Cancer Outcomes With Functional Medicine”

Step 4: Personalized Insights with Functional Tumor Sensitivity Testing

Consider consulting a specialist who employs functional tumor sensitivity testing, like those at the Nagourney Cancer Institute. These tests can provide tailored insights into your specific cancer type and potential responsive treatments.

Step 5: Explore Functional Medicine

A functional medicine consultation (I offer these here) can be invaluable in understanding your body’s unique landscape, including aspects like nutrient levels, insulin sensitivity, inflammation, oxidation, gut microbiome, and hormonal balance. Addressing each identified area is key to optimizing your overall health.

Step 6: Lifestyle and Body Composition Optimization

Your lifestyle and body composition play a significant role in your overall well-being and cancer treatment efficacy. Focus on optimizing these through balanced nutrition, regular exercise, and stress management techniques.

Step 7: Delve into Off-Label Drugs and Supplements

Finally, explore the world of off-label drugs and supplements (my article on this), backed by varying degrees of scientific data:

  • Cell studies offer the lowest quality data, animal studies provide medium quality, and human studies present the highest quality.
  • Case series, epidemiological studies, and retrospective reviews are lower in data quality, while phase 1 or 2 clinical studies offer medium quality. Randomized controlled trials are the gold standard.
  • See my attached FIGURES below for examples of commonly used compounds.
  • Discounted supplements (10% off from my Fullscript link) **Most of the supplements noted in the figure below can be purchased directly from this link**

Always research potential interactions, side effects, and toxicities of these treatments and discuss them with your oncology team. I do not prescribe, but I do offer consultations on these compounds here.

Conclusion

Embarking on a cancer treatment journey that includes unconventional options requires an open mind and a willingness to navigate through a mix of data and hypotheses. It’s a path filled with hope but also uncertainties. By following these steps and collaborating closely with your healthcare team, you can make informed decisions that align with your personal health goals and cancer treatment plan.